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To Edward Cresy   [12 November 1860]

Summary

Thanks for information about the weight of water.

Describes experiments on Drosera.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  [12 Nov 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2620

To Edward Cresy   15 January [1860]

Summary

P. T. A. Talandier wants to translate Origin into French. Talandier gave Louis Blanc as a referee. Could Mrs Cresy, who knows Blanc, find out what he thinks of Talandier?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  15 Jan [1860]
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2652

To Edward Cresy   20 January [1860]

Summary

Thanks EC for help in finding French translator [for Origin].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  20 Jan [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2657

To Edward Cresy   25 August [1860]

Summary

Invites EC to visit. Wants to discuss education of his sons.

Daughter [Henrietta] has been very ill for 15 weeks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  25 Aug [1860]
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2899

To Edward Cresy   [19 October 1860]

Summary

Obliged for note of 16th.

Failed to enclose letter from Hofmann.

Will be glad to read A. S. Taylor’s work [On poisons in relation to medical jurisprudence and medicine, 2d ed. (1859)].

Daughter Henrietta still weak.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  [19 Oct 1860]
Classmark:  DAR 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2933

From August Wilhelm von Hofmann to Edward Cresy   13 October 1860

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Summary

Has not himself experimented with delicacy of tests but sends several illustrations of what other authorities have done. Reference to James Marsh’s test for arsenic and that of Ashley Paston Price for iodine.

Author:  August Wilhelm von Hofmann
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  13 Oct 1860
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2947B

To Edward Cresy   14 October [1860]

Summary

Discusses letter from A. W. v. Hofmann concerning solution of iodine in water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  14 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 314
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2950

From A. W. von Hofmann to Edward Cresy   27 October 1860

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Is enclosing Alfred Swaine Taylor’s book On poisons (1848). Reports on his own experiment with the starch test in dissolving iodine in different measures of water.

Author:  August Wilhelm von Hofmann
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  27 Oct 1860
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2966A

From Edward Cresy   30 October 1860

Summary

Sends CD passages from A. S. Taylor’s book [On poisons in relation to medical jurisprudence and medicine, 2d ed. (1859)], citing smallest portions of poisons that are chemically detectable. "Drosera beats the chemists hollow."

Author:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Oct 1860
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 6, 58.2: 49–52
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2968

To Edward Cresy   2 November [1860]

Summary

Thanks for pamphlet by A. S. Taylor.

"… we have had a terrible week with my poor girl [Henrietta] on the point of death".

Discusses experiments involving placing solutions of ammonia and other substances on leaves of plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  2 Nov [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2973

To Edward Cresy   2 November [1860]

Summary

Discusses pamphlet by A. S. Taylor

and note by A. W. v. Hofmann concerning iodine solution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  2 Nov [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2974

From Edward Cresy   10 November 1860

Summary

Explains discrepancies in weights and measures caused by changes since 1836 in apothecaries’ measures.

EC has found that a discrepancy in A. W. von Hofmann’s experiments with iodine solutions resulted from an error in Hofmann’s use of decimals.

Reports S. P. Woodward’s opinion of the Origin: "a very sad book, it unsettles all one’s religious principles and the worst of it is so much of it is true".

Author:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Nov 1860
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 7, 9
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2980

From Alfred Swaine Taylor to Edward Cresy   10 December 1860

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CD may be interested in a reference to a method of detecting 1/195000 of a grain of sodium chloride.

Also, on Drosera, suggests it would be interesting to try substances such as gun-cotton, in which nitrogen is in very different states from a salt of ammonia.

Author:  Alfred Swaine Taylor
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  10 Dec 1860
Classmark:  DAR 58.1: 14–15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3015

To Edward Cresy   12 December [1860]

Summary

Asks him to thank A. S. Taylor for note.

Describes experiments on Drosera.

Discusses reviews of the Origin. By far the best is by Asa Gray.

Discusses plans for new edition of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Cresy, Jr
Date:  12 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  DAR 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3021
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